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2018 SOLSTICE

UNDER 18 CANOE POLO TOURNAMENT

NAENAE OLYMPIC SWIMMING POOL

SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Grades: (As at 1 Jan 2018)    

Under 18 Open Div 1

 Under 18 Girls Div 1

Under 18 Open Div 2

 Under 18 Girls Div 2

Entry forms due Friday 7th September 2018

21/22 July at Naenae pool.

$200 plus $10 if you need to borrow gear.

Entry forms due this Sunday 8th July, please send them to me at wgtncanoepolo@gmail.com

Central runs this every year primarily for students who have not year played In House or National League B grade. Over the weekend players from all over the central region come together with some top quality coaches to upskill and play with some new team mates.

To attend this camp a player should be able to paddle in a straight line backwards and forwards and hand roll.

This year it is also open for adults who have not played National League or only played C grade NL. If you could please put Adult in the DOB line the organiser will make sure you are with other adults rather than in with students. The understanding is you will take the instruction from our coaches and managers. It will be a good opportunity to get some quality structured coaching.

The AGM is coming up. Please come along and support the committee keeping this club running. 7pm in the hydro room at Kilbirnie pool.

Agenda Items:

Attendance
Apologies
Minutes of the last meeting
Annual Report for 12 months ending 31st December 2017
Financial Statement for 12 months ending 31st December 2017 (attached)
Resignations
Election of Board Members
Election of President
Notified General Business Items
Ratification of New Members

 

Our current committee is       

President  Gemma Potaka (Standing Down)
Treasurer   Penny Dustin
Secretary   Daniel Davis (Standing Down)
National League Rep Ollie Maassen
Schools Rep  empty
Social League Rep empty
General member, Gear Officer Bohdan Szymanik
General member Murray Stevenson  
General member Peter DeJongh 

As you can see we are looking for some new committee members. I have written up a quick brief on some of the committee roles, take a read if you want to know what you are getting yourself into. The committee is very good at supporting each other in their jobs so don't worry if you feel like you wouldn't know what to do. Nominations for committee membership will be accepted on the night.

Committee Roles

League 2 runs from 30 April to 2 July, $90, 9 playing weeks, 4th June off for Queens Birthday

Please sign up to the league here 

We have decided to create some WCPA gear for members to purchase this year. We are opening the floor for designs. The design brief is attached, the primary aim is to stick with our National League colours of orange and grey.

Let your creativity run wild.

You can check out the designs on facebook

League 1 runs from 29 Jan to 9 April, $100, 10 playing weeks, no polo 2 April for Easter Monday

Please sign up to the league here 

Social League 3 has registration on the 18th of September, you are welcome to join at any point.

The league runs from 18 September - 11 December (11 playing nights).

Please sign up to the league here 

Social League 2 started last week but you are welcome to join at any point.

The league runs from 12 June - 11 Sept (14 playing nights)

Please sign up to the league here 

The Wellington/Wairarapa School Canoe Polo Regional Qualifiers are happening Sunday 12th March at Naenae pool. Games will be between 9am and 6pm. Cost is $15 per player.

This competition is for anyone who is at school. We are looking for school teams who are keen to qualify for NZ Secondary Schools Nationals 31st March - 2 April in Fielding and for individual school students who are keen for a day of games but don't have a school team.

Attached is the information document, entry forms for teams and entry forms for individuals. 

Learn to Play has started but we are still welcoming people who would like to start. We start at 7pm at Kilbirnie pool

The player permission form for Learn to Play is attached.

Welcome to the new year. Social league dates for this year are:

Social League 1: 13 Feb - 29th May (14 playing nights with exclusions on the 20th March and 17th April)

Sign up to League 1 now!

Social League 2: 12 June - 11 Sept (14 playing nights)

Social League 3: 18 Sept - 11 Dec (11 playing nights)

Learn to Play 2017 will be held from 7 - 8.30pm Monday nights at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie from 13 Feb til 29th May. This goes through the April school holidays as it is running the same dates as our first social league. Learn to play is targetted at High School students who wish to get involved with Canoe Polo but we will also take younger or older. Get in touch if you wish to know if this would be suited for you.

There is also a one day competition on the 12th of March, the local Secondary Schools Regional Qualifiers that we will support all players to get involved in. It will be held at Naenae pool and there will be space for players who don't have a school team to head along and play without trying to qualify.

NB Day, time and location of Learn to Play has changed this year due to our previous location no longer being available.

Attached is the poster for Learn to Play. Please feel free to print this off and put it up where ever you think there may be interested people.

Register here.

League 3 will run from the 3rd October until the 5th December.

 The new league is about to kick off. Registration night is tonight at Kilbirnie pool and there will be casual games happening from 7.30pm.

We would love it if you registered online (still come along to the pool tonight to play). Please follow the link to get there with your details already prefilled. Please check that they are still all correct.

If you played the last league, register here

If you haven't played this year sign up here

We anticipate having B and C grade, A grade will depend on if we get enough players. The format and timeslots for each of the grades will be dependant on the number of registrations so we would appreciate you registering asap if you are intending on playing. 

C grade will play first from 7.30. B grade games will finish at 10pm.


The Horowhenua U14 Novice Canoe Polo Tournament is coming up on the 25th September.

You must be under 14 as of the 1 Jan 2016 if you would like to compete but it is a good, fun, social competition for players getting into the sport.

They will provide all the gear required which makes it an easy day to get involved in.

Attached is the entry form which has the rest of the details.

For this second half of the league, we have made some changes to the schedule and playing organisation. We’re trying these out, and will review for the third league of the year. We’re keen to ramp up the numbers of players and maximise use of pool time. We hope the changes will enable both new players and returning players to join this league.

 

Changes to timetable

The main change is that the 8:30pm slot is now back to game time for B grade, with A grade invited as well.

 

7:30pm – 8:00pm             C-grade (B-grade players also welcome)

8:00pm – 8:30pm             C-grade (B-grade players also welcome)

8:30pm – 9:00pm            B/A grade game (C graders welcome if space)

9:00pm – 9:30pm             B grade game  (shallow pool) (A graders welcome for first half)

9:30pm – 10:00pm           B-grade game (shallow pool)

9:15pm – 10:00pm           A grade game (deep pool) ( B graders welcome but see discussion below)

 

C grade is now open to B grade players

There is space in the C-grade for several B grade players to come and play, with a focus on helping  out with development of our C grade players.

Please remember C-grade is non-pushing, and non-C graders should sub off preferentially and leave C grade players on unless they choose to sub.

A grade players may also play if there is space, but non-shooting and with a focus on coaching/teaching from the water.

Please note anyone intending to play in the 7:30pm game should arrive earlier (suggest 7:50pm) to assist with getting the gear out from the container.

 

B grade is now open to A and C grade players

A-grade players are invited to join from 8:30-9:00 pm in the  A/B slot, and for the  first half of the 9:00pm – 9:30pm B-grade game.  This is to extend available playing time for A graders. A graders may shoot goals.  A and B players have equal priority for these slots.

C-graders are welcome if there are not 10 players on the pool at 8:30pm, and/or may play but should sub preferentially to the A/B grade players.

 

A-grade will include B grade players

A proviso is that B grade has priority over B players if not enough players for a full 5-a-side game in both pools.  A grade will be made up to a minimum of 3-a-side, unless this takes B grade below 4-a side.

 

A-grade playing time

A-grade playing time is officially 9:15-10:00pm. However A-grade may often get on the water slightly sooner once pool staff have prepared the pool. Please do not get on the pool until Gemma/Michael/a committee member advises this is ok. Lane ropes and swimmers must be clear of the pool before kayakers get on.

 

Teams

Teams will continue to be formed on the night, as changing back to a team based draw is not feasible at this point in the league. We will however be looking at reviewing this for the third league.

 

Special offer

If you have not yet registered or come to play in this current league, you can register for the second half of the league (7 playing sessions) for only $60!

 

First time players offer

Anyone joining the club gets their first night free!

 

Casual rate

For any new players or occasional players, the casual rate is $10 per night, and we are looking for players to be proactive paying this to Michael Beauchamp (referee). We prefer frequent players to register and pay for the league as a whole.

 

Hope to see you tonight

WCPA committee!

 

Central Canoe Polo are hosting their annual Development Camp. This is full weekend of developing your canoe polo skills from some of the best coaches in the region. Targetted at players under 21 this is also the gateway to playing in the Central In House competition held in October.

It is designed for players who already have the basics ie can paddle in the straight line forwards and backwards and hand roll.

If you have already attended a Central In House competition then you do not need to attend the development camp in order to play in the In House competition.

This camp is a great opportunity to play polo with others from around the central region and build up your experience and skill based. 

If you have any questions get in touch wgtncanoepolo@gmail.com

Otherwise send the form attached to us before the 6th July.

The committee has had a long discussion about the format of Social League. This was being reviewed as we had to make the difficult decision to cut schools league this term due to a lack of players. We want to make the social league more friendly for those who are just getting into the sport and may be weaker players. Reviewing how Social League currently runs we are also aware that:

  • There are only 5 teams in B grade

  • B grade teams play the same teams every two weeks

  • The teams can be quite uneven in playing abilities

  • Individual teams are not consistent week after week and there are often people filling in

  • There is an overall lack of development of canoe polo skills due to these reasons which we would like to address

This discussion lead to the decision to trial a different Social League format. It is displayed below, any feedback on the new format is very welcome.

7.30-8.30pm       

C Grade games

8.30-9pm

Skills Session

9-10pm

B Grade games

9.15-10pm

A Grade (in other pool)       

Reasons for this format being trialled:

Having a C grade and having it early in the night makes Social League more accessible for schools players who no longer have an independent league as well as any other new players we have. The early timing makes it more friendly for the younger players who may have an earlier curfew.

We are also thinking about both the C and B grade being run more like the A grade has been in the past in that players register as individuals and two teams are created from those who turn up on the night. These may be two large teams with lots of substitutes. The game would play for the whole hour, so even with many substitutes the same amount of playing time as the past format would be available. The aim here is for the two teams to be created as evenly as possible in terms of player skill levels so the games are good quality and to make each week different.

We anticipate that there will be a similar number of players in each of the A, B and C grades. There may be players who are ‘shoulder-tapped’ to shift grades if we think that player would be better suited to a different grade and to potentially balance the number of players. The most important factor for grade allocation is the suitability of the player to the grade and the improvement they will gain from being in that grade. In most cases players are entrusted to allocate themselves to a grade and a change will only be made with consultation with that player.

The skills slot from 8.30-9pm is to improve on WCPA’s capacity to give the opportunity of improving or gaining skills to players that do not get these as part of the School League or National League. This skill session is being trialled to provide this opportunity for players to upskill. It’s timeslot is allocated between the B and C grades in order to make it accessible to the largest number of players. It is designed for B and C grade level players and open to all. The skills each night will be determined by what is requested by the players participating in the skill sessions. Examples of skills could be rolling, turning, throwing, shooting, goal keeping, rule clarification or team based stuff such as offense or defense tactics, pressing and fast breaks. Each evening does not have to be limited to one skill, but could also consist of a mix and have off- and on-water sessions. These will primarily be run by A grade players although offers to teach a session from other players are also welcome.

Our next social league is about to start on Monday 13th June. This league is open to everyone. Sign up now here wcpa.org.nz/content/league-2-registration-new-players

League 2 costs $100 + affiliation fees (if you haven't played and paid them already this year) which are $45 for adults and $35 for high school students and you can pay online. Our internet banking account 02-0500-0855005-000 (include team and name and league in reference)

The first evening is a registration night and our AGM. There will be an opportunity to get in boats, learn some skills and play some casual games once the AGM is finished.

Draw for the current league: Social League 1 2016

    Red Yellow
22nd Feb 7.30pm  Care Bears Pandas
  8:00pm Lions Pandas
  8:30pm Care Bears Red October
  9:00pm Hairy Lobsters Lions
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Red October
       
29th Feb 7.30pm  Red October Pandas
  8:00pm Red October Lions
  8:30pm Hairy Lobsters Pandas
  9:00pm Lions Care Bears
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Care Bears
       
7th Mar 7.30pm  Care Bears Pandas
  8:00pm Lions Pandas
  8:30pm Care Bears Red October
  9:00pm Hairy Lobsters Lions
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Red October
       
14th Mar 7.30pm  Red October Pandas
  8:00pm Red October Lions
  8:30pm Hairy Lobsters Pandas
  9:00pm Lions Care Bears
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Care Bears
       
21st Mar 7.30pm  Care Bears Pandas
  8:00pm Lions Pandas
  8:30pm Care Bears Red October
  9:00pm Hairy Lobsters Lions
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Red October
       
28th Mar Easter Monday - no polo    
       
4th Apr 7.30pm  Red October Pandas
  8:00pm Red October Lions
  8:30pm Hairy Lobsters Pandas
  9:00pm Lions Care Bears
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Care Bears
       
11th Apr 7.30pm  Care Bears Pandas
  8:00pm Lions Pandas
  8:30pm Care Bears Red October
  9:00pm Hairy Lobsters Lions
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Red October
       
18th Apr No Polo Pool booked out
       
25th Apr No Polo Pool booked out
       
2nd May 7.30pm  Red October Pandas
  8:00pm Red October Lions
  8:30pm Hairy Lobsters Pandas
  9:00pm Lions Care Bears
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Care Bears
       
9th May 7.30pm  Care Bears Pandas
  8:00pm Lions Pandas
  8:30pm Care Bears Red October
  9:00pm Hairy Lobsters Lions
  9:30pm Hairy Lobsters Red October
       
16th May Finals night - draw to come    

Teams for current league: Social league 1 2016

A Grade
Daniel Davis
Daniel Wood
Gemma Potaka
Jess Veenswyk
Kaylie Potaka
Luke Hamilton
Matt Evans
Max Mason
Michael Nowicki
Ollie Maassen

B Grade
Care Bears
Canon Larsen
Finnegan Messerli
Jamie Fleming
Toby Messerli
Peter de Jongh
Emlyn Marshall

Hairy Lobsters
Peter Davis
Andrew Gregory
Daniel Thomas
Henry Wylde
Alex Candler
Alice Karvelas

Lions
Finn O'Brien
Tristan Katz
Jared Thornton
Jack Duncan
Joseph Bennett

Pandas
Keir McCrae
Joshua Bird
Toby Powell
Todd Trewern
Maric Fraser

Red October
Murray Stevenson
Murray Fowke
Sarah Stevenson
Bohdan Szymanik
Callum Fowke
Drew Duncan

Learn to play, your opportunity to learn the basics and get into canoe polo starts on the 17th Feb at Rongotai College pool, 5-7pm. $90 for the term. Great coaches and gear provided.

The new league is about to start. Registration and trials for A-grade are happening Monday 15th Feb. Register online or in person. Kilbirnie pool 7.30-10pm. $100 for the league plus affiliation for the year. 

Our next social league is about to start on Monday 15th February. This league is open to everyone. Sign up now here wcpa.org.nz/content/league-1-registration.

League 1 costs $100 + affiliation fees which are $45 for adults and $35 for high school students and you can pay online. Our internet banking account 02-0500-0855005-000 (include team and name and league in reference)

The first evening is a registration night where there will be an opportunity to get in boats, learn some skills and play some casual games.

Congratulations to the Knights for coming 1st in Open B grade at the Auckland Quarry Champs over the weekend and congratulations to the Sirens who came 2nd in the Womens grade after conceeding a goal in overtime of the final. Next up Atahua.

Due to popular demand Central Canoe Polo are holding a Level one coaching course again, please can you forward the info to your members and let me know the names of who would like to attend.  Numbers are limited.
 
Saturday 12th December
10am-3pm
Masterton Pool
 
Cost $20
Coaching Manual will be provided
Bring your togs!
 
Once we have names of those attending car-pooling can be organised if needed. 
 
Thanks
Kate
Secretary
Central Canoe Polo Association.

The Solstice weekend held on the 19/20th of September went well. We had 28 teams playing in 4 grades. Thanks to all the teams who came to take part. Here are the final placings

Girls Div 1

  1. THS
  2. Karamu HIgh School
  3. Raven
  4. Panthas

Girls Div 2

  1. PHGHS
  2. Ghost Buster (Horo)
  3. Naki Girls
  4. Horo Juniors
  5. PNGHS 2
  6. ACP (due to defaulting every game as only 4 players could come down)

Open Div 1

  1. HBHS - Akina
  2. Lightning Rainbow Dolphins 
  3. Leviathan
  4. Vikings Chrome
  5. SJC - Red
  6. Lephlim
  7. Legends
  8. ACP
  9. Blitz

Open Div II

  1. SJC - Blue
  2. Rebels
  3. Vikings Orange
  4. Wet Exit
  5. HBHS - Huia
  6. eLEMONaters
  7. Pixies
  8. Naki
  9. Rangitikei

 

Great work to all those who participated in the Central In House competition over the weekend. It was a great weekend. Congratulations to all those who were selected in one of the Centrals teams for the InterRegional Competition in October.

From Wellington:

In the Vets A team - Lincoln McKay and Paul Moreno

In the Womens team - Gemma Potaka

In the U18 Mens team - Daniel Davis

Congratulations to Noddy who has been appointed as the coach for the school reps and development program this year